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Year Published: 2019

Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

Jewel Cave National Monument in the Black Hills of southwestern South Dakota has more than 200 miles of mapped cave passages and several subterranean lakes that have been discovered since 2015. Jewel Cave is one of the world’s longest known caves and its natural beauty and unique natural cave features led U.S. President Theodore...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Wiles, Michael E.; Heimel, Sierra M.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Wiles, M.E., and Heimel, S.M., 2019, Groundwater characterization of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2019–3072, 6 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20193072.

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Groundwater-flow model and analysis of groundwater and surface-water interactions for the Big Sioux aquifer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The city of Sioux Falls, in southeastern South Dakota, is the largest city in South Dakota. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the city of Sioux Falls, completed a groundwater-flow model to use for improving the understanding of groundwater-flow processes, estimating hydrogeologic properties, and analyzing groundwater and...

Davis, Kyle W.; Eldridge, William G.; Valder, Joshua F.; Valseth, Kristen J.
Davis, K.W., Eldridge, W.G., Valder, J.F., and Valseth, K.J., 2019, Groundwater-flow model and analysis of groundwater and surface-water interactions for the Big Sioux aquifer, Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5117, 86 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195117.

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Analytical framework to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas development

An analytical framework was designed to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas (COG) development in support of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Availability and Use Science Program. This framework was developed to better understand the relation between the production of COG resources for energy and the amount of water needed to...

Valder, Joshua F.; McShane, Ryan R.; Barnhart, Theodore B.; Wheeling, Spencer L.; Carter, Janet M.; Macek-Rowland, Kathleen M. ; Delzer, Gregory C.; Thamke, Joanna N.
Valder, J.F., McShane, R.R., Barnhart, T.B., Wheeling, S.L., Carter, J.M., Macek-Rowland, K.M., Delzer, G.C., and Thamke, J.N., 2019, Analytical framework to estimate water use associated with continuous oil and gas development: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5100, 19 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195100.

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Generalized potentiometric-surface map and groundwater flow directions in the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota

A generalized potentiometric-surface map of the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument was constructed using water levels measured from calendar years 1988 to 2019 in 24 groundwater wells and 4 subterranean cave lakes interpreted to be in hydraulic connection with the aquifer. The map indicated that groundwater near Jewel Cave National...

Anderson, Todd M.; Eldridge, William G.; Valder, Joshua F.; Wiles, Michael E.
Anderson, T.M., Eldridge, W.G., Valder, J.F., and Wiles, M., 2019, Generalized potentiometric-surface map and groundwater flow directions in the Madison aquifer near Jewel Cave National Monument, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5098, 16 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195098.

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Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015

The Wyoming Landscape Conservation Initiative is a program created to implement a long-term, science-based program of assessing natural resources while facilitating responsible energy and other development and does studies in much of southwestern Wyoming, including all or parts of Lincoln, Sublette, Fremont, Sweetwater, and Carbon Counties. A...

Eddy-Miller, Cheryl A.; Davidson, Seth L.; Wheeler, Jerrod D.; Davis, Sarah J.; Stephens, J. Brooks; Campbell, James R.
Eddy-Miller, C.A., Davidson, S.L., Wheeler, J.D., Davis, S.J., Stephens, J.B., and Campbell, J.C., 2019, Streamflow gains and losses in New Fork and Green Rivers, upstream from Fontenelle Reservoir, Wyoming, October 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5081, 15 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195081.

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Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Hydraulic conductivity estimates were made for 15 observation wells using slug-out (rising-head) tests in the Big Sioux aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota, as part of a cooperative study with the City of Sioux Falls to characterize the hydrogeology and the extent of the Big Sioux aquifer north of the city. Well and aquifer data were collected...

Eldridge, William G.; Medler, Colton J.
Eldridge, W.G., and Medler, C.J., 2019, Hydraulic conductivity estimates from slug tests in the Big Sioux Aquifer near Sioux Falls, South Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5013, 23 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195013.

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Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota

Water levels in lakes and wetlands in the central North Dakota Missouri Coteau region that were either dry or only sporadically held water since before the 1930s have been rising since the early 1990s in response to an extended wet period. The lakes have remained full since the mid-1990s, which has provided benefits to migratory waterfowl,...

Lundgren, Robert F.; York, Benjamin C. ; Stroh, Nathan A. ; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Lundgren, R.F., York, B.C., Stroh, N.A., and Vecchia, A.V., 2019, Water-balance modeling of selected lakes for evaluating viability as long-term fisheries in Kidder, Logan, and Stutsman Counties, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2019–5007, 22 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20195007.

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Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota

The Souris River Basin is a 24,000 square-mile basin in the Provinces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba in Canada, and the State of North Dakota in the United States. Above-average snowpack during the winter of 2010–11, along with record-setting rains in May and June of 2011, led to record flooding that caused extensive damage to Minot, North Dakota,...

Kolars, Kelsey A.; Vecchia, Aldo V.; Galloway, Joel M.
Kolars, K.A., Vecchia, A.V., and Galloway, J.M., 2019, Stochastic model for simulating Souris River Basin regulated streamflow upstream from Minot, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5155, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185155.

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Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa

The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the City of Cedar Rapids, began a study in 2013 to better understand the effects of drought stress on the Cedar River alluvial aquifer. After an evaluation of the existing groundwater-flow models for the alluvial aquifer, a plan was begun to construct an updated groundwater-flow model capable of...

Valder, Joshua F.; Haj, Adel E.; Bristow, Emilia L.; Valseth, Kristen J.
Valder, J.F., Haj, A.E., Bristow, E.L., and Valseth, K.J., 2019, Delineation of selected lithologic units using airborne electromagnetic data near Cedar Rapids, Iowa (ver. 1.1, February 2019): U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Map 3423, 2 sheets, 9-p. pamphlet, https://doi.org/10.3133/sim3423.

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Year Published: 2018

Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota

This report describes an interactive tool (NDakGWtool) in which a statistical model is developed using locally weighted regression to estimate monthly mean groundwater elevations for a specified latitude and longitude, referred to as the “user-specified location.” For each user-specified location, seven models are developed for each month from...

Nustad, Rochelle A.; Damschen, William C.; Vecchia, Aldo V.
Nustad, R.A., Damschen, W.C., and Vecchia, A.V., 2018, Interactive tool to estimate groundwater elevations in central and eastern North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1185, 24 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181185.

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Revised groundwater-flow model of the glacial aquifer system north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, through water year 2015

The city of Aberdeen, in northeastern South Dakota, requires an expanded and sustainable supply of water to meet current and future demands. Conceptual and numerical models of the glacial aquifer system in the area north of Aberdeen were developed by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the City of Aberdeen in 2012. The U.S. Geological...

Valder, Joshua F.; Eldridge, William G.; Davis, Kyle W.; Medler, Colton J.; Koth, Karl R.
Valder, J.F., Eldridge, W.G., Davis, K.W., Medler, C.J., and Koth, K.R., 2018, Revised groundwater-flow model of the glacial aquifer system north of Aberdeen, South Dakota, through water year 2015: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2018–5137, 56 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/sir20185137.

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Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center

As the Nation’s principal earth-science information agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is depended upon to collect accurate data and produce factual and impartial interpretive reports. Methods for data collection and analysis that were developed by the USGS have become standard techniques used by numerous Federal, State, and local agencies...

Valder, Joshua F.; Carter, Janet M.; Robinson, Steven M.; Laveau, Christopher D.; Petersen, Joel A.
Valder, J.F., Carter, J.M., Robinson, S.M., Laveau, C.D., and Petersen, J.A., 2018, Quality-assurance plan for groundwater activities, U.S. Geological Survey Dakota Water Science Center: U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 2018–1103, 28 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/ofr20181103.